Day 1 of Women's NASC in the books

Day 1 of Women's NASC in the books

MARFU and the Midwest to Clash for Women's All-Star Championship

 

PITTSBURGH, Penn. – There were tries-a-plenty on day one of the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Club All-Star Championshp.

 

On a sticky summer’s day in Pittsburgh, athletes had to battle the heat as well as the best Women rugby players in the country. The humidity and temperatures in the 80s wouldn’t prevent all the teams from playing an open, running style of rugby.

 

In three of the four matches, the cream was clearly on top as the West, Pacific Coast, and Midwest put up a total of 155 points to just 24 for their South, Eastern Developmental, and SoCal Counterparts. The fourth match was one for the ages.

 

West vs. South opened the day’s play, and it would be the South who got on the board first when Jessica Wooden slotted a penalty kick just six minutes in. The West would punch right back with a try, then Trystan Likes would answer for the South. After 27 minutes of back an forth play, the South was on top 8-5, and it was anyone’s game. That wouldn’t last long.

 

In the 33rd minute, Taryn Brennan ran a long try in, and the floodgates would open for the Western Mustangs. Eight different Mustangs would score tries by the time 80 minutes were up. Hannah Stolba led the team with a try and three conversions. Final score 46 – 8.

 

South  8         

Tries:  Likes

Pens:   Wooden         

 

West   46      

Tries:  McGillivray, Brennan, Bray  

Edwards, McGrady, Janus   

Prusinski, Stolba       

Cons:   Stolba (3)

 

The next match of the day saw the Pac Coast put a stamping on an Eastern Developmental Side comprised of players who were, for one reason or another, looked over for their Territorial Sides.

 

The game would never be in doubt for Pac Coast. With plenty of experience to lead them, the Grizzlies they would produce some impressive numbers. San Juanita Moreno and Ashley Kmiecik accounted for 30 points, scoring three tries a piece. Fly half Megan Sanders was lethal with her boot as well, kicking five conversions.

 

In the end, Pac coast would run up 72 points, to just 8 for the Development Side. Pac Coast were clearly more polished and organized with more attacking weapons.

 

Pac Coast will face off against the West on Sunday for the Tier two final.

 

Pacific Coast 72      

Tries: Croy, Moreno (3), Boone (2)

Kmiecik (3), Sanders (2), Acosta    

Cons:   Sanders (5), White  

 

Eastern Dev  8         

Tries: Heard  

Cons:   Anderson

 

Moving into Tier one, Midwest vs. Southern California had the makings of a classic showdown. The Midwest is loaded with talent in the forwards with the likes of Kate Daley, Sarah Chobot and Lauren Daly. SoCal on the other hand is heavy in talent in the Backs, led by Emilie Bydwell and Valerie Griffith.

 

The Forwards of the Midwest would dominate on the day however. Outside of an early penalty kick and a consolation try in the 78th minute, the Midwest would put six tries on the board led by Sylvia Braaten with a pair, and Christy Riggenberg with two conversions and a penalty kick.

 

Midwest will face the MARFU Sharks on Sunday following an epic match against the Northeast.

 

Midwest        37

Tries:  Martinez, Braaten 2, Chobot,          

Kugler, Johnson        

Cons:   Ringgenberg 2          

Pens:   Ringgenberg 

 

So. California           8         

Tries:  Lorenz           

Pens:   Naber

 

Four minutes after kickoff of the Northeast vs. Mid-Atlantic match, Melanie Denham punched a try in for the NRU, and it looked like they were on their way to playing for another National Championship.

 

For the next 54 minutes, the NRU would be camped out behind MARFU’s 22 meter line, and was in total control of the game. In that time, NRU was unable to add to their points total thanks to the staunch MARFU defense.

 

Just when it looked like NRU was going to walk away with the win when Andrea Staid ran in a try to be converted by Rachel Primo. Just to minutes later, speedy wing Andrea Street turned on the jets to burn three defenders around the corner and just like that MARFU held a 14-5 lead with 20 minutes to go.

 

The reigning champion Northeast weren’t done though. Amy Daniels put another try on the board in the 67th minute, but it was too little too late as the brief lapse in defense cost the Northeast dearly, going down 14-10. MARFU will face Midwest on Sunday for the Tier 1 title.

 

Northeast      10

Tries:  Denham, Daniels

 

Mid-Atlantic             14      

Tries:  Staid, Street

Cons:   Primo (2)

 

To see a complete photo gallery from today's action, visit http://www.klcfotos.com/usarugby

 

Tune into ustream.tv/usarugby to watch all of Sunday's matches LIVE.

 

Day 1 Team Rosters:

 

South

@

West

1

Amanda Van Duynhoven

FR

 

1

Nicole James

FR

2

Laketa Sutton

FR

 

2

Rachel Ryan

FR

3

Anne Janet Hernadez-Anderson

FR

 

3

Sarah R. Wilson

FR

4

Carly D. Harrington

 

 

4

Layne Harrod

FR

5

Trystan Likes

 

 

5

Francine Bray

 

6

Amonae Dabbs-Brown

 

 

6

Katie M. Janus

 

7

Kimberly Knipe

 

 

7

Kittery A. Wagner

 

8

Betty Madeline Wilibanks

 

 

8

Taryn Brennan

 

9

Alana Padilla

 

 

9

Wendy Young

 

10

Katherine Daniels

 

 

10

Hannah Stolba

 

11

Alyson Allen

 

 

11

Latoya Lawrence

 

12

Elizabeth Snodgrass

 

 

12

Deanna R. McGillivray

 

13

Jenna Grygier

 

 

13

Erin Overcash

 

14

Kari Morrison

 

 

14

Tyra McGrady

 

15

Jessica Wooden

 

 

15

Sara Edwards

 

16

Samantha K. Stone

 

 

16

Andrea Prusinski

 

17

Jessica V. Petersen

 

 

17

Crystal Verdick

 

18

Ariel Hector

FR

 

18

Kittery A. Wagner

 

19

Megan Katherine Doran

FR

 

19

Nina Vivian Safane

 

20

Kameran Lee

 

 

20

Kandis Ruiz

 

21

Adriana Weber

FR

 

21

Carol Fabrizio

 

22

Madeline Clark

FR

 

22

Mary Pezzulo

 

23

Michelle Kwandham

 

 

23

Traci L. Schmidtke

 

 

Eastern Developmental

@

Pacific Coast

1

Lauren Poole

FR

 

1

Melody Glasgow

FR

2

Alexa Gomez

FR

 

2

Lisa Butts

FR

3

Katherine Wurst

FR

 

3

Naima Reddick

FR

4

Alicia Gillberg

 

 

4

Katie Chou

 

5

Amanda Mahoney

 

 

5

Emily Van Gulick

 

6

Dawn McKenzie

 

 

6

Cynthia Wright

 

7

Patricia Shagam

 

 

7

Phoebe Boone

 

8

Julie Gerdes

 

 

8

Sonia Globerson-Lamb

 

9

Elena Cantorna

 

 

9

Diana Peng

 

10

Sadie Anderson

 

 

10

Megan Sanders

 

11

Amanda Heard

 

 

11

Liz Palmer

 

12

Lisa Henneman

 

 

12

Lucy Croy

 

13

Erika Granger

 

 

13

San Juanita Moreno

 

14

Alyssa Green

 

 

14

Irene Gardener

 

15

Kristin Giuliano

 

 

15

Ashley Kmiecik

 

16

Devin Torii

FR

 

16

Katy Augustyn

FR

17

Maggie Craig

FR

 

17

Adrienne Acosta

FR

18

Amber Vaillancourt

 

 

18

Julie Kieu

FR

19

Kayla Morisoli

 

 

19

Sharon Blaney

 

20

Farrah Douglas

FR

 

20

Molly Luft

 

21

Kayla Belle Taguacta

 

 

21

Parisa Asgharzadeh

 

22

Kaelene Lundstrum

 

 

22

Carrie White

 

23

   

 

23

Ofa Mailangi

 

 

 

Southern California

@

Midwest

1

Julia Buchfuhrer

FR

 

1

Sarah Chobot

FR

2

Derika Legg

FR

 

2

Jaime Filipek

FR

3

Kim McLaughlin

FR

 

3

Libby Berg

FR

4

Audrey Johnson

 

 

4

Stacey Bridges

 

5

Cara Nocerno

 

 

5

Anna Brown

 

6

Katie Lorenz

 

 

6

Lauren Daly

 

7

Shaina Turley

FR

 

7

Lynelle Kugler

 

8

Emily Ogatat

 

 

8

Kate Daley

 

9

Katie Wright

FR

 

9

Jenny Lui

 

10

Marea Blue

 

 

10

Christy Ringgenberg

 

11

Ryan Carlyle

 

 

11

Katie Johnson

 

12

Kirsten Hartos

 

 

12

Sylvia Braaten

 

13

Emilie Bydwell

 

 

13

Kristin Zdanczewicz

 

14

Valerie Griffith

 

 

14

Melissa Martinez

 

15

Ella Naber

 

 

15

Michelle Wong

 

16

Kyla Roth

 

 

16

Jamie Zarembinski

FR

17

Melissa Smit

 

 

17

Katherine Weber

FR

18

Evelyn Ashenbrucker

 

 

18

Tiffany Gjestvang

 

19

Sophia Chang

FR

 

19

Laura Gill

FR

20

Heather Rennerfeldt

 

 

20

Jojo Kitlinski

FR

21

Sabrina Kraft

FR

 

21

Renee O'Neill

 

22

Melissa Cordero

 

 

22

Nicole Benjamin

 

23

   

 

23

Kayla Finn

 

 

 

Mid-Atlantic

@

Northeast

1

Katy Black

FR

 

1

Elizabeth Fierman

FR

2

Rachel Primo

FR

 

2

Emily Jones

FR

3

Leslie Joyce

FR

 

16

Rachel Hughes

FR

4

Ashleigh VanDriesen

 

 

4

Jennifer Cotton

 

5

Liz Hirschhorn

 

 

5

Helen Miesner

 

6

Emily Tunney

FR

 

6

Tara Roberts

 

7

Megan Hanson

 

 

7

Kristi Bonomo

 

8

Laura Muller

FR

 

8

Melanie Denham

 

9

Eli White

 

 

9

Annie Zeigler

 

10

Sam Pankey

 

 

10

Anne Venner

 

11

Amanda Street

 

 

11

Nichole Humphrey

 

12

Jeanna Beard

 

 

12

Rebecca Brafman

FR

13

Katie Bell

 

 

13

Amy Daniels

 

14

Andrea Staid

 

 

14

Katie O'Malley

 

15

Meredith McAlister

 

 

15

Jessica Peterson

 

16

Kaitlin Joerger

FR

 

3

Lisa Cocchiara

FR

17

Whitney Hileman

FR

 

17

Tiffany McCoy

 

18

Britt Martin

 

 

18

Jordyn Lexton

 

19

Kate Hallinan

 

 

19

Linda Guiney

 

20

Jessica Shipley

 

 

20

Ashley Clancy

 

21

Erin Ridout

 

 

21

Rachel Sachs

 

22

Monique McQueen

 

 

22

Nicole Vidro

FR

23

   

 

23

Kaitlin Ruggiero

 
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